Important Dates Ahead of The 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Important dates ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Let the countdown begin! We’re exactly Near to out from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. While the United States won’t be competing on the international stage, there will most certainly be a Rave Green influence this summer. Román Torres (Panama), Nicolás Lodeiro (Uruguay), Gustav Svensson (Sweden) and newcomer Kim Kee-hee (South Korea) all helped their respective countries during World Cup qualifying and have a chance to make the final roster.

Here are a few important dates to keep an eye on:

TUNE-UP FRIENDLIES

Panama:

vs. Denmark (March 22)
vs. Switzerland (March 27)
vs. Northern Ireland (May 29)
vs. Norway (June 6)

South Korea:

vs. Northern Ireland (March 24)
vs. Poland (March 27)

Sweden:

vs. Chile (March 24)
vs. Romania (March 27)
vs. Denmark (June 2)
vs. Peru (June 9)

Uruguay:

vs. Czech Republic (March 23)
vs. China/Wales (March 26)

ROSTER DEADLINES

MAY 14, 2018

35-Player Release List Deadline

The Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions expanded the provisional list from 30 to 35 players this year. Barring injuries in the next couple months, all four Sounders are expected to be included on their country’s list.

JUNE 4, 2018

Final Roster Deadline

Each country’s 23-man squad list will be set by June 4 at the latest. Torres and Lodeiro are considered locks for Panama and Uruguay, while Svensson and Kim are more likely to be on the bubble.

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

JUNE 15, 2018

Egypt vs. Uruguay

JUNE 18, 2018

Sweden vs. South Korea
Belgium vs. Panama

JUNE 20, 2018

Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia

JUNE 23, 2018

South Korea vs. Mexico
Germany vs. Sweden

JUNE 24, 2018

England vs. Panama

JUNE 25, 2018

Uruguay vs. Russia

JUNE 27, 2018

South Korea vs. Germany
Mexico vs. Sweden

JUNE 28, 2018

Panama vs. Tunisia